Grasping spheres, not planets

Lawrence Taylor, Rolf Zwaan

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Memory for objects helps us to determine how we can most effectively and appropriately interact with them. This suggests a tightly coupled interplay between action and background knowledge. Three experiments demonstrate that grasping circumference can be affected by the size of a visual stimulus (Experiment 1), whether that stimulus appears to be graspable (Experiment 2), and the presence of a label that renders that object ungraspable (Experiment 3). The results are taken to inform theories on conceptual representation and the functional distinction that has been drawn between the visual systems for perception and action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-45
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2011


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